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DSI Pro 2

DSI Pro 2




One Voice to Rule Them All
Dave Smith calls the Pro 2 his “most powerful mono synth ever.” It shares the same exceptional ergonomics and playability as its 12-voice sibling, the Prophet 12, but carves out distinctly different sonic territory with an all-new dual analog filter architecture, a monster step sequencer, superwaves, digital bucket-brigade delay, and a lot more. Nothing else sounds like it and nothing else performs like it. The Pro 2 raises the bar for mono synths and redefines the word “fat.”

A New Classic for a New Generation
The Pro 2 is a fusion of classic analog synthesizer design and cutting-edge digital technology. It boasts four high-resolution digital oscillators, plus a sub oscillator. The oscillators produce both classic and complex wave shapes and can frequency and amplitude modulate each other in any operator and modulator configurations you choose for harmonically-rich FM and AM sounds. A set of Character controls adds high and low frequency boost, bit and sample rate reduction, and tape saturation emulation to the Pro 2's sonic palette.

Two New Filters Based On Vintage Designs
At the heart of the Pro 2's gutsy sound is its all-new dual filter design. Filter 1 is a 4-pole low-pass design inspired by the original Prophet-5 filter. Filter 2 is a state-variable design inspired by the Oberheim SEM and can be continuously varied between low-pass, notch, and high-pass operation, with an optional band-pass mode. The two filters function in either serial or parallel, or anywhere in between. Two of the four oscillators can be routed through Filter 1 with the other two routed through Filter 2 for a broad range of tonal possibilities.

Advanced Sequencing
One of the most exciting features of the Pro 2 is its sequencer—possibly the most powerful step sequencer ever designed for a synth. With up to 32 steps and 16 tracks, it provides real-time input, rests, and variable-length sequences. It also syncs to MIDI clock and external audio input. Sequence tracks can control any parameter in the Pro 2's extensive modulation matrix.

Plays Well With Modulars
The Pro 2's flexible architecture opens the door to not only processing external audio, but also to interfacing with modular synths through its 4 rear-panel control voltage inputs and outputs and a dedicated gate output. Control voltages can be assigned and routed from within the modulation matrix and can run at audio rates for extreme modulation effects. Some of the many parameters that can be sent to the CV outputs include oscillators, LFOs, envelopes, and sequencer tracks, making the Pro 2 a natural choice for the center of your studio or live setup.

Delays, Envelopes, LFOs, Arpeggiator, and a Multitude of Modulation
The Pro 2's delay section provides three digital delays with pan, and high-pass and low-pass filtering controls. A fourth delay is a digital bucket-brigade delay (BBD) for analog-style effects. There are four loopable five-stage envelope generators, four syncable LFOs with slew and phase offset, a full-featured arpeggiator, and a sixteen slot modulation matrix with dozens of modulation sources and destinations.

Monophonic by Design, Paraphonic by Choice
The Pro 2 was designed primarily as a super-powerful monosynth, but it’s also a true, four-voice paraphonic synth that allows you to control each of its four oscillators individually with their own envelope. This makes playing four-note chords not only possible, but very expressive.

Package all of this power in a three-and-a-half octave, semi-weighted keyboard with velocity and channel aftertouch, add two backlit pitch and mod wheels and two location and pressure sensitive touch sliders, and you've got one of the most feature-rich, awe-inspiring synthesizers ever created


Oscillators
  • Four DSP-based oscillators plus one sine wave sub oscillator
  • Four classic wave shapes (saw, square, triangle, sine) per oscillator
  • Twelve selectable complex shapes per oscillator
  • 13 Superwaves
  • Three noise types per oscillator: white, pink, violet
  • Shape modulation/pulse width/superwave detune amount
  • Oscillator cross modulation: frequency modulation (FM) and amplitude modulation (AM)
  • Hard sync, individual Glide, Oscillator Slop
Paraphonic Playability
  • True 4-voice paraphonic mode with individually-gated envelopes per oscillator
  • Character Effects
Five high-quality digital effects.
  • Thicken the signal and add harmonics or completely destroy the signal pre-filter
  • Girth and Air are high and low shelf equalizers with harmonic excitement. Useful for thickening and/or adding air to the signal.
  • Hack and Decimate are sample and bit rate reduction algorithms which can add subtle grit or completely trash the signal. It's harsh yet musical.
  • Drive is a soft saturator for adding soft distortion and harmonic content to the signal
Filters
  • Dual analog filters operate in serial or parallel
  • Filter 1 is a 4-pole resonant analog low-pass filter inspired by the original Prophet-5 filter.
  • Filter 2 is a 2-pole resonant analog state-variable filter inspired by the Oberheim SEM filter and can be continuously varied between low-pass, notch, and high-pass operation, with an optional band-pass mode.
  • Oscillator Split allows oscillators 1 & 2 to be sent to Filter 1 and oscillators 3 & 4 to Filter 2.
Feedback and Delay
  • Tuned Feedback
  • Three-tap syncable delay with feedback and amount controls, pan, and high-pass and low-pass filtering, all per delay. A separate fourth delay is a digital bucket-brigade delay (BBD) for analog-style effects.
Envelopes
  • Five Delay + ADSR envelopes (Filter 1, Filter 2, VCA , and two Auxiliary envelopes)
  • Auxiliary envelopes 4 and 5 freely assignable to multiple modulation destinations
  • All envelopes can repeat/loop
LFOs
  • Four syncable LFOs with phase offset and slew per LFO
  • Modulation
16 x 2 modulation matrix with over 50 mod sources and over 140 mod destinations
  • Parameters that can be sent to CV outputs include oscillators, LFOs, envelopes, sequencer tracks and any other source within the modulation matrix. Runs up to audio rates.
  • Gate Out for triggering external CV-compatible devices; any CV in can be used as a gate input.
Control Voltage Ins & Outs and Gate Out
  • Four 1-volt-per-octave control voltage inputs and outputs for interfacing with modular synths and other CV-compatible devices
  • Modulation assignment buttons enable quick and easy modulation routing.
  • Mod Matrix runs up to audio rates.
Sequencer
  • Advanced step sequencer provides up to 32 steps per sequence and up to 16 tracks.
  • Supports real-time input, rests, and variable-length sequences
  • Syncs to MIDI clock and external audio and CV input
  • Sequences can control not only oscillator pitch but any parameter in the modulation matrix.
Arpeggiator
  • Sophisticated arpeggiator with up, down, up+down, random, assign modes
  • Supports real-time input, rests, and variable-length sequences
  • Re-latching arpeggiation
Programmable Distortion
  • Stereo analog distortion

The Pro 2 is scheduled to start shipping late July with a street price of $1,999

Last edited by Pym; 19th June 2014 at 10:27 PM.. Reason: Added price
Old 19th June 2014
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Yes!

CV in, CV out???? OMG!!
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Digital osc on a mono synth?
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How much?
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Just pooped my pants.
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Digital osc on a mono synth?
Some people will never be satisfied...even if that thing sounds huge and organic like it should.
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anyone notice the Dave Smith Modular sneak peak in the video?
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When are we going to be able to actually play one and possibly purchase?

Woohoo my 1k post
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The new filter architecture sounds really intriguing.

And the new CV and step sequencing capabilities....

Nice

Gorgeous aesthetics too
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INSTABUY. That is awesome.
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A mono hybrid!
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"The Pro 2 is scheduled to start shipping late July with a street price of $1,999."
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This thing sounds monstrous . I love it.
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Digital osc on a mono synth?
OSCar - it has been done before, and very well, at that.

Evolver- more recently.

Pro 2 looks wonderful-

SEM filter and routing + paraphonic = sell your Mono/Poly.
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That synth sounds f^%& amazing and it's FULL of features. Oh my God...listen to those classic bass sounds...Moog will have to make something really good after the Sub37...

I wonder about its price...
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The filters sound nice. Will be checking this out at my local shop when they get it for sure. Need more demo videos for now.
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"The Pro 2 is scheduled to start shipping late July with a street price of $1,999."
Ouch.

That counts me out- I'll look to the Korg Odyssey then....

Not saying it isn't great (certainly full of great stuff and drool-worthy)
- but that is Modular-Synth money pricepoint - isn't it?
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Wish those 4 x CV in's were 4 x Gate out instead. Ho Hum.
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"The Pro 2 is scheduled to start shipping late July with a street price of $1,999."
I just read it...yes...it seems a bit expensive, but... I think that many people will prefer it instead of a P12 or a Voyager. Well done DSI!

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- but that is Modular-Synth money pricepoint - isn't it?
:D With $1999 you only get 1/10th of the features that a Pro2 has, with a modular (if you buy a modular for the sound that the new DSI has). I made various calculations before 1-2 months...you have to pay over 2500 euros in order to get a modular that sounds really good and has a decent amount of features.
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Ouch.

That counts me out- I'll look to the Korg Odyssey then....

Not saying it isn't great (certainly full of great stuff and drool-worthy)
- but that is Modular-Synth money pricepoint - isn't it?
Same here.. I still want to play one though.
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Bye KArp Odyssey, HELLO PRO 2!
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Yep ... came in my pants.
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Kind of an updated MEK type deal? Lovely indeed. Nice P-12 theme and look to it.
Can't wait for demos!
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I'm glad somebody is making proper hybrids again. And this thing looks and sounds very proper indeed.
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$1999? And I thought the Ak was expensive.

While it might have more sound design features than the Ak, it has less performance options, and less polyphony, and lesser build quality.
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love the Pro One chassis style
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Looks like you guys absolutely nailed it with this thing, congrats. This looks like it might actually be the most compelling thing DSI has ever done. I'm in.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by statikcat View Post
"The Pro 2 is scheduled to start shipping late July with a street price of $1,999."
So wait. You are the first to cry of it having digital oscillators and now you are on board by way of all of a sudden when another senior member calls you on it? C'mon man.
Give the friggin thing a chance or stay out of the thread.
Ok off soapbox.
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